Friday, September 07, 2007

This Is Not What You Think It Is







This . . . hold onto your hats . . . is a 500-year-old mummy. All of you who think the Egyptians had a monopoly on mummies, it's time to think again. Whether they were created by man or nature, mummies have been found around the globe--in China, Peru, America, Italy, and countless other countries.

This particular example is known as "la Doncella," or The Maiden. She was fifteen years old when she was sacrificed to the gods and left on the edge of the Llullaillaco volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina. (A great honor, supposedly.)

Thousands of Inca mummies have been discovered over the years, though few are as perfectly preserved as The Maiden. However, a Chinese mummy in a similar condition plays a starring role in The Empress's Tomb. But more on THAT later.

10 Comments:

Blogger International Mastermind said...

Hey, that looks sorta like my great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother.....

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sick and cool at the same time!!!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous theatre said...

AHHHH!!! Empress Tomb!! Best book ever...

6:33 PM  
Blogger Bohae said...

Whoa, I first thought that was just some elderly lady sitting weirdly... the title fits perfectly.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Go Empress's!!!! The Egyptians' process of mummification is so sick, yet so intruding. How they managed to preserve their body's so well, the world may never know.

11:07 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

guess what??? a new member of my family was just born!!!! HAPPY DAY!!!!!

6:28 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

That's fantastic, International Mastermind. I hope she or he takes after you. Congrats!

7:16 PM  
Anonymous monkeyluva said...

Pleez post again! i miss you!!!!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

How could I possibly turn down someone named monkeyluva! (Love it!) Look for new posts later today.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg that is soooooo incredible!
you can even see what her face looked like!!!!!!!!

9:06 PM  

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